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Angels holy, high and lowly

Angels holy, high and lowly. John Stuart Blackie* (1809-1895). This is a version of part of the Benedicite* (‘Benedicite omnia opera’). According to the Companion to CP (1953, p. 25) it was first published in The Inquirer (1840), and then in The Bible Hymn Book (Edinburgh, 1845) edited by Horatius Bonar*, and in a shorter form in Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece. Blackie said that he wrote it for ‘the very beautiful Burschen melody, Alles Schweige’. Blackie published some Burschen melodies (German student songs) in Tait’s Magazine (1840). He noted that ‘many of these melodies, though used on convivial occasions, have a solemnity about them, in virtue of which they are well fitted for the...

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